Conference

2022 RowOn Coaching Conference

Starts03Dec ’22

  • Event Dates Dec 03 - Dec 04, 2022
  • Host Row Ontario and AMP Rowing
  • Location Welland, Ont.

The RowOn Coaching Conference takes place on Dec. 3-4 in Welland, Ont. The location of the Conference will be split between the Ontario NextGen Performance Centre and the Best Western Plus Rose City Suites.

The Conference features a keynote speech and lunchtime session for all participants, a selection of lecture sessions and the choice to attend two limited-participation fireside chat sessions (see descriptions below). This conference is a unique opportunity for coaches to gain valuable professional development knowledge.

Who can attend?
Anyone! The conference is NOT restricted to Ontario residents.

How much does it cost?
The cost of registering for the Saturday keynote speech and lecture sessions at the Conference is $85+HST. The cost of registering for the limited participation fireside chat sessions is $30+HST.

Session Locations
The addresses of the session locations are as follows:

Ontario NextGen Performance Centre
129 Hagar Street, Unit 18A
Welland, Ont. L3B 5V9

Best Western Plus Rose City Suites
300 Prince Charles Drive South
Welland, ON L3C 7B3

Accommodations
For those requiring over night accommodation it is recommended you stay at the Best Western. Row Ontario has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate. Attendees can call (905) 732-0922 to book a discounted room under the ‘Row Ontario Attendees’ block. The block of rooms is on hold until Nov. 21 and will be given out on a first come first served basis.   

What is the registration deadline?
Registration for the Conference has now closed.

The time and locations of sessions may be subject to change. Row Ontario will send a confirmation of the schedule to each participant following the close of registration. 

RowOn Coaching Conference Sessions

Keynote Presentation: Demystifying Biomechanics – How Applied Biomechanics Can Be Your ‘Objective Coaches Eye’

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 8am
Location: ONGPC
Presenters: Dr. Conny Draper
Description: Many of us work with athletes of various sizes, ages, experiences, strengths and capabilities. This presentation will explore some thoughts on how coaching can use the ‘objective eye’ of biomechanics and evidence-based feedback to support your role when working with a wide and heterogeneous group of athletes. Growth patterns, as an example, can cause challenges for both athletes and coaches. How can biomechanics help when you are faced with athletes in a crew who have different capabilities performing the same movement? How can biomechanics help you as a coach with athletes who might not be good in one area of the sport but exceptional in others? These and many other questions will all be discussed in this thought provoking presentation.

Presenter Bio: One of the world’s leading experts in biomechanics for rowing, Dr. Conny Draper has worked as a consultant with national rowing teams, universities, and clubs for the past nine years. She specializes in on-water rowing and para-rowing biomechanics, providing multi-dimensional technical and performance analysis and collaborates with coaches, athletes, and support staff to maximize technique efficiency and improve performance and speed.

Lecture Session: Enlisting and Engaging Coaches

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 9:45am and 11:15am
Location: TBD
Presenter: Dereck Schwandt
Description: Finding and retaining good coaches is arguably one of the biggest challenges for clubs/schools in sport. This session will examine the challenges that our clubs/schools face with recruiting and developing coaches. A panel discussion from coaches at a variety of organizations will provide feedback that coaches can use and apply at their own club/school.

Presenter Bio: Dereck has been coaching for over 25 years at various clubs and schools in both British Columbia and Ontario. Many athletes have left his high program well prepared for the next stages in their rowing careers. He has been blessed with the opportunity to coach many high school athletes who have gone onto row for Provincial, National and Olympics Teams.

Lecture Session: Technology Applied to Coaching: Using Excel, Google, and Video Effectively

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 9:45am and 11:15am
Location: TBD
Presenter: Jordan Rendall
Description: Tools like spreadsheets and video review do not have to be complicated. Learn ways to effectively implement these tools into your coaching practice to help you and your athletes become more organized, transparent, and self-directed during selection, on race day and in practice. Participants will be provided with sample templates to take home, and to work through as a group.

Presenter Bio: Jordan Rendall is a mechatronics engineer at HUDSON Boat Works and the coach of Western University’s lightweight women’s varsity team. He began rowing at Queen’s University in 2009 while studying engineering and competed in the Canadian University circuit for 7 years before moving to London to row for Rowing Canada’s senior lightweight men’s program. In the last five years at HUDSON Boat Works, he has worked on machine design and automation, furthering the innovation in their products.

Lecture Session: Good Drills, Great Practices; Using Effective Communication to Make Everyday Drills More Impactful

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 9:45am and 11:15am
Location: TBD
Presenter: Mary Rao
Description: As coaches, we pick up a lot of drills over time to adjust technique and help a crew blend. In this interactive session, we will discuss tools and practice how to deliver simple drills in a concise way, so that you and the athletes see progress. We will focus on simple drills, that can be delivered in many ways to athletes of all skill levels.

Presenter Bio: Mary Rao is the Assistant Coach at Brock University and lead of the Women’s program. On top of working with a wide range of athletes and coaches from many clubs over the last 14 years, Mary has also coached provincial and national junior and U23 teams, having attended 2 junior world championships.

Lunchtime Session: Safe Sport Officer Certification from the IOC: The 5 W’s of Safe Sport: Who, What, Where, When, and Why

Sponsored by HUDSON. Lunch will be served with this session.
Date:
Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 12:45pm
Location: ONGPC
Presenter: Michael Forgeron
Description: This presentation will focus on the International safe sport mechanisms and their impact on overall athlete development & performance. Currently one of only a few Canadians who are in the IOC Safe Sport Officer Certification progamme, Michael will discuss the impact of safe sport on athlete development and performance and why it’s important for coaches to not only be aware of safe sport mechanisms, but also why they must be implemented in their daily training routines.

Presenter Bio: Michael Forgeron is a 2-time Olympian and a member of the Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Canadian Olympic Sport Halls of Fame. He was a member of the Olympic Gold Medal Men’s eight at the 1992 Barcelona Games and has also competed at the Commonwealth Championships, the World Student Games, and the Pan-American Games winning a Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Michael has competed in both sweep and sculling events at the Olympic Games. He and his Wife Kimberly live in Mississauga with their daughter Hannah. He is currently on the boards of the Canadian Rowing Foundation and the newly formed RCA National Team Alumni Association.

Lecture Session: Para Rowing – How to Develop Programs at the Local Club Level

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 2:15pm
Location: TBD
Presenter: Rebecca Orr
Description: In this session, we will discuss the issues clubs are facing as they strive to stimulate growth in this division of rowing. We will identify known issues, identify opportunities to overcome these issues, and brainstorm ideas on what may work for the future in order to help grow the number of para rowers at both the recreational and development/high performance levels.

Presenter Bio: Rebecca Orr is currently the Chair of the World Rowing Para Rowing Commission. She has been involved with para rowing as a coach, classifier and administrator for 16 years. She currently works with the Argonaut Rowing Club para program as a coach/buddy rower. She began rowing in high school while living in St. Catharines.

Lecture Session: Ergometer Envy: Getting Athletes Excited About Indoor Rowing

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 2:15pm
Location: TBD
Presenter: Kristin Jeffery
Description: We’ve all heard it, we all know it – ergometer dread!  This session will explore tips and techniques to turn erg dread into erg envy, and get your crew excited about indoor rowing.

Presenter Bio: Kristin began her rowing career as a novice at Western University and went on to represent Canada at the World Championships in 2009.  After a career in law, Kristin opened SCULLHOUSE Rowing, a fitness studio featuring group classes focused on indoor rowing.  SCULLHOUSE has evolved into SCULLHOUSE Online, offering interactive online indoor rowing classes, through which Kristin continues to share her love of indoor rowing with athletes far and wide.

Lecture Session: Coaching the Coxswain

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 2:15pm
Location: TBD
Presenter: Laura Court
Description: This session will review some ideas that a Coach should know to best Coach a Coxswain based on Laura’s experience through the different stages of her coxswain development. Topics that will be discussed include tips on general relationship with a Coxswain, how to help coach coxswains on rowing technique, steering, how to help them find their voice, motivation, strategy and more. There will be ample time for interaction among the Coaches in attendance as well as questions and answers. This session will also be of great interest to any coxswains who plan to attend the conference.

Presenter Bio: Laura Court is a current coxswain on Canada’s National Team. She made her international debut in 2017 and coxed the women’s eight to a gold medal at the World Rowing U23 Championships. The following year, she again coxed the U23 women’s eight to a World Rowing Championship gold medal and also participated in her first Para rowing World Championships, helping the PR3 Mix 4+ to a fourth-place finish. She was the coxswain for the PR3 Mix 4+ boat at the Paralympics in 2021 and spent 2022 as the coxswain for Canada’s men’s eight. Domestically, Laura started coxing in high school at Ridley College in spring of 2011, then attended Brock where she coxed the lightweight women from 2014-2019. She also started coxing at the St. Catharines Rowing Club in 2015 in a Masters women’s 4+, and then the senior men’s 8+ in 2016 before making the national team.

Lecture Session: Athlete/Coach Development Pathway

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 3:45pm and 5:15pm
Location: TBD
Presenter: Phil Marshall
Description: In this interactive session, Phil will discuss a development pathway for rowers and coaches toward improved performance and how factors such as skill development, training and mental performance influence development.

Presenter Bio: Phil has over 30 years of high performance rowing experience, which started at his hometown Brockville Rowing Club. He’s coached at many different levels during his career including the club, university, provincial and national levels and in 2021 coached the Canadian women’s pair of Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens to a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Phil joined Row Ontario as Performance Director in Aug. 2022

Lecture Session: Demystifying Biomechanics – Practical Rowing-Specific Applications for Your Daily Training Environment

Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 3:45pm and 5:15pm
Location: TBD
Presenter: Dr. Conny Draper
Description: This discussion follows on from the first session of the conference. Dr. Draper will present practical ways to include biomechanics in your daily training environment. Drills and tips for technique improvement for individuals and crews along with the power of combining data and language to describe the movement of athletes and boats, will all be explored to help improve the coaches use of biomechanics.

Presenter Bio: One of the world’s leading experts in biomechanics for rowing, Dr. Conny Draper has worked as a consultant with national rowing teams, universities, and clubs for the past nine years. She specializes in on-water rowing and para-rowing biomechanics, providing multi-dimensional technical and performance analysis and collaborates with coaches, athletes, and support staff to maximize technique efficiency and improve performance and speed.

Fireside Chat Sessions: Phil Marshall and Conny Draper

Date: Sunday, Dec. 4
Time: 8:30am and 10:10am
Location: ONGPC
Description: Two limited participated fireside chat sessions with Dr. Conny Draper and Phil Marshall. These sessions will be interactive and allow for dialogue within the group with Conny and Phil. Those who register for the Fireside Chats will be able to attend both sessions, as Conny and Phil will present to two different groups at 8:30am and 10:10am.